Freewing Technology

Flight Videos of the Freewing Scorpion in Mojave Desert

In this video, below, you will see remarkable performance:

Body tilting up to vector thrust, as in the above photo. Just one jackscrew, compared to hundreds of moving parts in a tilt-rotor.
Take-off roll less than 3 body-lengths - no more launchers, no more runways.
Freewings neutralizing turbulence - you can see the free wings bounce away from gusts, and notice the smooth horizon.
Obstacle clearance approach angles steeper than 45 degrees, harnessing the "barn door" drag of the tilt-body flight mode.
. For context, know that a normal aircraft approach is between 3 and 6 degrees. So the Scorpion approaches like a helicopter.
. (The video shows this not just from the ground point of view, but also from the belly camera, and it is quite amazing.)

Note: This "barn door" drag while in tilt-body mode contributes to the ability to near-hover. But if maintained during descent, this is exactly the same principle harnessed by Burt Rutan's SpaceShipOne and SpaceShipTwo during reentry, and in fact these vehicles would self-destruct upon reentry without the tilt-body effect to prevent the build-up of excessive airspeed. Burt Rutan and Hugh Schmittle share a patent (now expired) on the freewing tilt-body. The tilt-body part of this concept was later adopted by Burt Rutan in his design of his suborbital spacecraft, SpaceShipOne , which won the Ansar X Prize for the first successful private spaceship. In this spacecraft application, the body is tilted up to maximize drag as a unique reentry modality. Burt calls this “feathering”, and also uses it in his SpaceShipTwo, designed for Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic commercial space flight company.